Moneywise 1: How I missed the book that would have made me a millionaire

Nnamdi Ezeigbo, Founder, SLOT Phones Ltd, Nigeria 

How
can I possibly forget the 15th of December, 1997? I still remember the day very
vividly. It was a sweltering Monday afternoon on Yinusa Adeniji Street, Ikeja,
Lagos,
a street made popular by the newspaper I worked for then as the Group Business
Editor. I had taken some time out for refreshment and was just about mounting
the flight of steps back to my desk to do some serious editing work when one of
our security personnel handed over to me a beautifully-wrapped, medium-size
parcel, brought in a short while ago by a dispatch rider.

It was easy to
guess what could be inside the parcel because of the season. It was Christmas.
Most journalists looked forward to this period with great excitement and lots
of expectation. It was even better if you were a financial journalist. “This must be a portable radio or a wall
clock”
I thought as I raced up the staircase. I was wrong. When I opened
the parcel, I found a set of four medium-size books and four audio-cassettes.
There was also a small plain card with these words written in it: My dear
Ayo, study and digest these materials, they will change your life. I
deliberately sent the materials to you and our mutual friend
(he mentioned
his name) to show how much I value the two of you. I read one of the books
six years ago and my life has changed beyond my own expectations.

“His home, an architectural masterpiece, was
situated not far away from Sandton, Johannesburg. It was a complex set of
duplexes built on approximately eight plots of land. There were a beautiful
lawn, two big swimming pools, a well-laid garden, a beautiful water fountain,
and a fishpond. I won’t bore you with the details of the interior, but suffice
it to say that it was breath-taking”.

I must confess
that I was not excited at all. I only managed to flip through few pages of the
first book and I did not even listen to any of the audio-cassettes. All the
materials were on how to become a millionaire. As a matter of fact, I refused
to contact the sender of the gift until April of the following year. The books
and the cassettes, of course, quickly made their way to a corner of my study
where I usually kept materials I considered sub-optimal. Don’t misunderstand
me. I do not intend to suggest that I don’t read. Reading is one of my
passions, I can remember a time I travelled to London. I invaded The
Economist
Shop on Regent Street where I bought so many
books that I did not have any room in my luggage for other Items. (Of course, I
was chided by my wife, who had expected me to bring back some shoes and clothes
for her and our daughter).
So. I read;
however, I concentrated mostly on professional books. The idea of studying to
become wealthy was very funny to me and I felt embarrassed by the sender
of  the “funny” gift. To be comfortable,
yes, but I didn’t see how writing news stories and becoming a
millionaire were related. 

 
But something
dramatic happened a few years later. It was in March 2002 to be precise. I was
in Johannesburg,
South
Africa
, to attend an investment seminar organised by a Lagos-based
consulting firm. I had just retired into my hotel room after the opening
cocktail when I noticed the blinking on my intercom indicating that I had a
voice message. The thrust of the message was that a friend of mine, the other
fellow who also received the contents of the parcel I had received, wanted me
to be his guest before I travelled back to Nigeria. I consented and we fixed an
appointment for the following day. He picked me up at the hotel and we drove to
his house.
His home, an
architectural masterpiece, was situated not far away from Sandton, Johannesburg.
It was a complex set of duplexes built on approximately eight plots of land.
There were a beautiful lawn, two big swimming pools, a well-laid garden, a
beautiful water fountain, and a fishpond. I won’t bore you with the details of
the interior, but suffice it to say that it was breath-taking.
After a few
direct questions, I got these unbelievable facts: My friend owned the building;
he had two other well-developed pieces of property in Cape Town, and another
one in the United Kingdom. He had two thriving businesses
with headquarters in Johannesburg, and some sizeable
investments in stocks both on the London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg
Stock
Exchange.
Afterwards I pulled my friend by his shirt and dragged him to
the garden where I asked him to tell me the secret of his wealth. He only
dashed back to his study and returned a few minutes later with a small box,
which he dropped on my lap. “This is the
secret, the whole secret” he said
with some measure of seriousness.


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Guess what, I
saw … the same set of four books and the audio-cassettes I received about
five years back! The only thing I noticed was that his set of books was well
worn from being over-read. There were different kinds of markings inside the
books. I also noticed that he made some copious notes in a small diary he put
inside the small box.
He explained to
me that it was our mutual friend that told him I would be in South
Africa
and insisted he must have a heart-to-heart talk with me. He
disclosed that our friend had visited him in South Africa a couple of
times, and on every occasion, they had discussed the principles in the books
and how well they had applied them to build wealth for themselves. He told me
of a couple of friends who have also applied the principles in the books with
dramatic results.
Was I excited? I
must confess, it was a morale-deflating experience. I thanked my host and asked
him to take me back to my hotel. I spent the whole of that evening and, as a
matter of fact, the rest of my days in South Africa, meditating on that
experience.
Back in Nigeria,
I quickly reached for the books, still as clean as they were four years ago
when they were presented to me as a “mere Christmas gift.” I devoured the books
within a period of two weeks, while I made it a duty to listen to the four
cassettes every day. I called my friend who gave me the books and told him of
my experience. He is, by the way, a multi-millionaire in Dollars.
Surprisingly, he
was not offended. He said I could still achieve success beyond my imagination
if only I could apply whatever I have learnt in the books plus a few lessons he
would be giving me on a monthly basis. Immediately, I started on what I called
the ‘millionaire
tablets’;
and after few months, I started noticing a dramatic
turnaround in my personal finances.
I also decided
to get acquainted with more books on investment while I also stretched my
dragnets to include mentors and advisers. However, for a variety of reasons, I
could not immediately apply all the tips I learnt from those great people and
from the books I had read, even though thousands of people have sent
testimonies to me as a result of applying the principles taught in this book.
But I have now
made a renewed commitment to live out for the rest of my life, every nugget I
have picked from my friends as well as the ups I have picked from the dozens of
books I have read on money and digested and which I have documented in this
book. I am asking that you be my partner in this assignment by signing the
commitment form on the next page and mailing it to me at aarowolocsmillionairecapsule.com
I will then, send to you a certificate and an encouragement note that signify
this dedication. I encourage
you to print out
this important document, put it in a good frame, and display it in a place
where you can read it every morning. Get another person to sign on it with you
as an accountability partner. I want to challenge you never to stop until you
read, digest and implement every tip you pick from each of the capsules. Don’t
give up until something positive happens. God is in this with us as we get
started together. Congratulations.  

(Excerpts from
the book “THE MILLIONAIRES CAPSULES” by AYO AROWOLO. Read “How to set your specific money
goals”
tomorrow on this blog)

Ayo Arowolo, Publisher The Millionaires’ Capsules

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